The Piazza, Summerland, Douglas IoM was the setting for this years Supermatch where 47 invited dogs presented themselves for Mrs Jill Peak to run the rule over.
The Mannin KA has run this first class event since 1991 and participation is by invitation to winners at the previous years Open and Limited shows and matches.
There was an excellent turn out of exhibitors and guests with everyone turned out in their finery. Congratulations go out to the committee and officers of the Mannin KA for putting on a first class event which included an excellent buffet at the half way break.
The junior handlers took centre stage first of all with the 6-11 age group taken by Camilla Preston with her GSD whilst the 12 -16 yrs class was won by Sarah King with her Australian Silky. Sarah went on to be the overall junior handling winner. It is pleasing to see the standard of handling on the island is being encouraged and improved upon by the inclusion of the competition at the super match.
Next into the ring were the Juniors and from the 11 exhibits Mrs Peak pulled out Mrs V.J. Scotts Labrador Ret Archallagan Black Pearl as Best Junior.
On to the adults and after what must have been a most enjoyable evening for her, Mrs Peak pulled out as her best in match Mrs B Kermodes GSD Makandra Rising Star of Cregvannin with Miss C.M. Brookfields Papillon Rimzin Orsino at Langness RBI match.
So ended the eleventh Supermatch which starts the showing year off so well for the extremely competitive and enthusiastic exhibitors on the Island. The two societies, Mannin KA and Isle of Man CS, hold Limited and Open shows and, at various venues around the Island, ringcraft obedience and agility training classes are held. Further to the shows already mentioned a further Open Show is staged at the Royal Manx Agricultural Societys annual show.
The Isle of Man dog scene is a thriving and forward looking part of the British show fancy.